Young Birmingham leaders heading to Washington D.C. for political ‘boot camp’
Two Birmingham civic leaders are headed to Washington D.C. today to participate in a nine-day "boot camp."
Yawntreshia Coleman, president of the Birmingham Young Democrats, and Arron Jackson, president of the Mason City Neighborhood, were selected to attend the Congressional Black Caucus Political Leadership Boot Camp.
The workshop is designed to help leaders develop the skills needed to participate in successful campaigns and excel in public and private sector policy work.
Coleman and Jackson were among 35 young leaders from across the country selected for the nine-day program.
U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, nominated the Birmingham participants. The Sewell campaign is sponsoring the costs of camp tuition and travel.
"I am very proud of both Arron and Yawntreshia, and I know that they will represent Alabama's 7th District well at this year's CBC Boot Camp," Sewell said in a statement. "The leadership and passion for service that they have shown in their communities is truly special, and I am confident that they will bring the knowledge and skills they learn in Washington back home to make a change for the better in our district."
This non-partisan educational program was established in 2002 and is offered each summer.
Coleman and Jackson left for Washington today.
"It is a true honor to know that the efforts I've put forth in my community have been recognized by my congresswoman," Jackson said. "I look forward to building relationships with community leaders from across the country and bringing back fresh ideas to Birmingham."
Coleman expressed similar sentiment, calling the skills and connections to be developed at the workshop invaluable tools for future political campaigns.